Gun Incidents in Great Britain
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Evening Telegraph and Post
A 15-year-old girl has been partially blinded after being shot in the eye with a pellet from a BB gun. It is feared that because of significant damage to vital blood vessels the victim may never recover her sight fully. She was walking with a friend in Whitfield, Dundee, when they were approached by a youth who shot at them several times. Both girls were hit in the attack. A 13-year-old has been arrested and charged (Press & Journal, 10 October 2009).
Liverpool Daily Post
Seven firearms and ammunition have been recovered from gardens in Old Swan and Kirkby on Merseyside. A man has been charged with possession of three firearms and ammunition. A number of other people including a woman and two teenagers were arrested.
A cat shot twice with an air rifle in Gidea Park, east London, may have to be put down. Her owner first thought she had been hit with a car but X-rays revealed two pellets lodged inside her.
Adam Stirling has admitted assaulting a 15-year-old girl by "discharging a BB gun at her leg to do her injury" in Milnathort, Kinross-shire, in September 2008. He also admitted injuring a 12-year-old girl by firing a catapult. He was one of three teenagers who attacked children in the town in 2008 who were condemned as "utterly wicked" by a sheriff. He was ordered to pay compensation to his victims and must return to court after attending a three-month rehabilitation course for offenders.
A man who had a .22 calibre air rifle in the front bedroom at his home in Sunderland has admitted possession of a firearm while prohibited through previous convictions. The rifle was tested by experts and found to be capable of firing 31.77 fps and therefore lethal. He was given a 36 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months with supervision and programme requirements.
Scarborough Evening News
Jamie Snow carried out a string of violent robberies across Yorkshire in 2008, including one in Scarborough when he threatened to shoot a man, as well as robbing a taxi driver and threatening pizza shop workers with a fake firearm. Earlier this year he admitted robbery, attempted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm and was jailed for 11 years. He has had his sentence reduced on appeal and now has an eight-and-a-half jail and will remain on an "extended licence" for five years after he is released. The other offences were carried out in Bramley (Yorkshire Evening Post, 13 October 2009).
Nineteen-year-old Nathaniel Tume has pleaded guilty to robbery, attempted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm during a robbery has been sent to an institution for young offenders for two-and-a-half years. He brandished the weapon, a cigarette lighter which looked like a handgun, at a 13-year-old boy and threatened to shoot him, forced him to hand over his mobile phone. The incident occurred in Haverhill, Suffolk, in October 2008. His accomplice Thomas Spinks was jailed for three years and four months.
This is Wiltshire
Police seized two guns, an air rifle and an imitation handgun, knives and cash during a drugs raid in Devizes, Wiltshire. A teenager was arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to supply.
A man used a handgun to threaten staff at a building society in South Croydon, south London. He fled empty-handed after staff activated a security screen.
Chanelle Merryweather has pleaded guilty to possessing a prohibited weapon after she was caught with a loaded gun, a Browning 7.65mm pistol, in her handbag outside a disco in Brunswick, Manchester, in April 2009. She was 16 at the time and was minding the weapon for her boyfriend Sammy Geldard, 19, a member of a Manchester gang. He has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm. Merryweather has been given a two-year supervision order, Geldard was jailed for five years (BBC, 4 November 2009).
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About this information
This information is provided by the Infer Trust. It is compiled from media reports of incidents in England, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland has different gun legislation. We know the information is incomplete, though we believe nearly all of the most serious crimes are included.